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Boys Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona boy’s basketball team had an up and down go of it at its holiday tournament at Bridgeport on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Indians went 2-2 overall in the two days of the tournament after a week from their last game and following the holiday break.
With only one more week of games before district play starts up, Nocona wanted to make sure it was up to speed following the extended time off and were thrown into playing four games into two days.
The Indians started against one of the area’s most notorious pressure defense teams Burkburnett.
After a furious first quarter went the Bulldogs way, the slower paced second quarter went Nocona’s way as the team led 27-25 at halftime.
Burkburnett picked back up the pace in the third quarter and outscored the Indians 23-7 to pull away in the game. A more even fourth meant Nocona could not come back as Burkburnett won 61-46.
Michael Wetmore led the team with 15 points on five made 3-pointers. Ryder Oswald was second with scoring nine points.
The second game of the day was another tough game against tournament host Brigeport. Nocona got out to a good start up 17-8 after the first quarter. A low scoring second quarter meant the Indians led 24-17 at halftime.
A more high scoring third quarter that was also pretty even meant Nocona still led 36-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Indians had chances to pull ahead farther as the Bulls made a last gasp attempt to steal the win. Nocona went 2-7 from the free throw line, just barely hanging on to win 42-40 in the end.
Brady McCasland led the team with 14 points. Luke Fuller was second with eight points.
On the second day the Indians first played Boyd. The Yellow Jackets led 30-25 at halftime, but Nocona picked up the scoring while limiting Boyd’s 3-point shooting that was hot in the second quarter.
Nocona grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 20-11 to grab the win 63-57.
McCasland led the team with 22 points while Wetmore was second with 13 points and Luke Fuller scored 10.
The final game came against Hirschi. The Indians competed well with the Huskies in the first quarter, but then Hirschi outscored Nocona 19-6 in the second quarter to take 31-19 lead.
The Indians bounced back offensively in the third quarter scoring 20 points, but could not keep up that fire in the fourth quarter. Defensively Nocona could not get enough stops to come back from the deficit as the Huskies won 58-49.
McCasland led the team with 24 points while Fuller was second with 10 points.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs had a tough non-district game against 2A Alvord on Wednesday their first game back from the holiday break.
The bigger Alvord team won 68-47 against Prairie Valley.
The Bulldogs last played on Dec. 20 and got their first district win against Bellevue before the break started. More than a week later, the team is hoping some non-district games can shake off the rust before district play starts up again next week.
Alvord jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter. It only go worse in the second quarter as Prairie Valley was outscored 20-8 and trailed 35-13 at halftime.
Prairie Valley played better in the second half, actually outscoring Alvord by one point with the two quarters combined. Unfortunately, that meant the team could not make much ground on the big lead Alvord got in the first half.
Trae Campbell led the team with 12 points while Eli Croxton and Tyson Easterling both scored nine points.

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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Bellevue starting a powerlifting program

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Carrington Davis, a 2019 Bowie graduate, competed at the state level in powerlifting in high school. She will draw on that experience as well as her time being a powerlifting judge as she prepares to lead Bellevue High School in the new sport. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

Bellevue High School is planning on adding another sport next school year and a new hire was the catalyst.
Carrington Davis thought she was just going in to interview for the open elementary teacher position. During the interview, Principal Lori Shoemaker brought up her powerlifting past.
Davis, a 2019 graduate from Bowie, spent all four years in high school lifting on top of playing softball, doing well enough to make it to the state meet every year and earning fifth and second place medals her last two seasons.
Since then, while going to college at Midwestern State University, she has stayed in the powerlifting world by serving as a judge at meets the last five years.
“I think it changes your perspective on the sport,” Davis said. “When you are an athlete you know the lift, but you are kind of behind this curtain. Being a judge opens you up to all of the other things. You get to see which coaches know the sport more than others. I honestly think being a judge will help me in the competition part of it more than me having been a lifter.”
That kind of experience was what interested Shoemaker in proposing Davis head the start of the Eagles’ powerlifting program.
“We have a large group of kids who are built for powerlifting and we are excited to see what they make of it with them coming into high school,” Shoemaker said.
Davis graduated this month from MSU with her bachelors of science in education degree. She is excited to start the program up, knowing what the sport of powerlifting provided for her and her teammates in high school.
““It is an all-around beneficial sport,” Davis said. “It helps you grow in your skillset, your strength and endurance for any of the other sports you play. Also, it helps with your confidence a lot. It is an individual sport and most kids are used to team sports and maybe getting put on the backburner if they are not the best at something. Powerlifting is a sport where you can showcase your own individual skills. You get out what you put in.”

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